Chateau Montelena The Montelena Estate Napa Cabernet 2008 1.5L Rated92WA

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Rated 92
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a gorgeous, mid-weight wine laced with mint, cassis, sweet herbs and tobacco. It is an understated, gracious wine from start to finish. This is a relatively approachable vintage for the Estate. It shows tons of finesse and mid-palate generosity while maintaining a medium-bodied personality. Today it is quite young, although it is drinking well. Readers who prefer more tertiary notes will want to cellar the wine for at least a few years. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028. (22nd Dec 2011)

Wine Tasting Notes
  • Nose: Complex aromas of dark cherry, dried fruits, earth, cedar, and vanilla cream along with hints of licorice and leather.
  • Palate: The palate opens with big, chewy tannin - firm but not coarse - and builds even bigger into a midpalate loaded with ripe red fruits and dried black fruits.
  • Finish: There is a good, strong acid backbone completing the balance and structure. The barrel flavors are well integrated throughout but are best evident in the warm and spicy finish.
Varietals: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet FrancAlcohol: 13.9%
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